Our Lady is So Sad and
We Must Console Her!
The following is Part II of a speech recently given by Father Gruner.
A very important way to console Our Lady is to make Her Message known. I will go for a moment to the message of Our Lady of La Salette. People ask me sometimes, "Should not Sister Lucy, even without the hierarchy's permission, reveal the Third Secret?" I find that a very interesting and intriguing question. I am reminded of the experience of Our Lady and the Church and Melanie, with the secret of La Salette.
In the published The Secret of La Salette, one of its most important lines reads, "Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist." A rather powerful message! That secret was given in 1846. Pope Pius IX said that by reading the secret, which he did before it was revealed to the public, he prevented many errors in his administration of the Church during his long pontificate from the 1840s to the 1870s.
Melanie, in 1879, published The Secret of La Salette with the imprimatur of the Bishop of Lecce, in Italy, where she was at that time.
But the secret has, by and large, been ignored by the Church. It was certainly fought and combatted against. For a few years, in the early 1900s, there was even a decree issued against it by the Holy Office. I also believe that has been lifted subsequently.
Cardinal Ratzinger Tells us of the Insidious Danger
The secret of La Salette could be considered as a forerunner of the Secret of Fatima. The secret of La Salette is already very explicit about the problems that we are going through in our present time, similar to what the Third Secret of Fatima warns us about. The Third Secret of Fatima, without doubt, talks about "the dangers to the Faith," as Cardinal Ratzinger tells us it does, in a 1984 interview. From the "dangers to the Faith," he goes on to talk about the dangers to the life of the Christian."
Why is it that the "dangers to the Faith" lead to "the dangers to the life of the Christian"? And from that, to the "dangers to the life of the world"? Well, Our Lord tells us that we are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, what is there to keep it from being thrown out and trampled underfoot? The salt of the Catholic Church, the Faith of many, if not most Catholics, has been diluted, watered down. And so the world is less palatable to God. The salt is losing its savor. What is it good for but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot?
Attack on the Catholic Faith
Why is it that the Catholic Church is losing its edge, losing its savor? Because the Faith is not only under attack – it is being undermined from within. Pope John Paul II, when he went to Fatima in 1982, said: "Can the Mother with all the force of the love that She fosters in the Holy Spirit and with the desire for everyone's salvation, can the Mother remain silent when She sees the very basis of Her children's salvation undermined?" And the Pope answers his own rhetorical question: "No, She cannot remain silent."
The Blessed Virgin at Fatima, has spoken out and warned Her children that the very basis of their salvation is undermined. What Pope John Paul II does not explain is: what is the very basis of our salvation? But we do not need Pope John Paul's answer. We know that from the Faith. The basis of our salvation is our Faith. In St. John's first epistle, chapter five, verses 4 and 5, he asks the question: what is it that overcomes the world? It is our Faith. Satan knows that the Faith, if believed and practiced, overcomes the world, and will overcome his own kingdom as well. The enemies of God and our own enemies also understand that. Even if they do not have the Faith, they understand what makes us strong.
The Danger is from Within
How do we know the attack against the Faith is from within? When the Pope uses the term "undermined" he is clearly showing that the attack on our Faith is from within because it is only from within the Church that you can undermine the Faith.
This is so because even if the attack against the Faith were from outside the Church, Christ gave the Church an "immune system"; that is the Pope, the bishops, the priests, and the Holy Office – the strict duty to cry out to the faithful to warn them of the danger so the faithful would be alerted to save their souls from this insidious attack. But if the "immune system" does not cry out effectively, it is because it is undermined.
Absolute Necessity of Defending Souls
Many of our pastors, unfortunately have not understood that the Faith must be defended; that it is primordial. They have not understood that for the sake of a political or liturgical agenda, a number of material heretics are occupying Bishops' Sees and doing great harm to the Faith. The Faith is being undermined from within.1 That is what Our Lady of Fatima and Pope John Paul II are both telling us is in the Fatima Message.
What it is and Why the Secret is Hidden Today
But where is it in the Message of Fatima? It is in the Third Secret. It is not a question of curiosity or sensationalism; it is a question of the salvation of souls. You might say, "How can you be so certain about knowing the Third Secret when you have not read it?" Not many people will have the patience to read Frère Michel's nine-hundred page book, The Third Secret. Frère Michel, world-renowned authority on the Fatima Message, has done extensive research on the matter, especially as regards the Third Secret. I dare anyone to read this book and to come away and tell me you can still believe that the Secret does not concern the dangers to the Faith. But if you don't have time to read his nine hundred pages, you can read his 32-page summary, The Secret of Fatima ... Revealed, on the same subject. The book, however, has much more in it. But this summary is still quite convincing.2
However, the Third Secret not only refers to the dangers to the Faith – and that the dangers are from within – but it also refers to the guilt of the upper hierarchy for the Faith being destroyed, undermined from within the Church. This is also part of the Third Secret. And this is the only reason why it has not been revealed. All the reasons offered by the Vatican for not revealing the Secret do not stand up to the light of scrutiny.
Worst Crisis of Faith
Cardinal Ratzinger was very careful in his explanation in the 1984 interview which was later made into a book called, The Crisis of Faith, or The Ratzinger Report as it is called in English. The book has gone into over a million copies. It is the first and only time since its inception as the Holy Office in the 1540s, when St. Robert Bellarmine was first prefect, that a Cardinal Prefect of the now-called Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has spoken so publicly on so grave a matter. Not only did he give an interview but he also wrote a book on it.
The burden of his interview and of his book is: the Faith is in crisis around the world. If anyone understands the situation of the Faith around the world, it should be the man appointed by the Pope to oversee the preservation of the Faith. And for the first time in the entire history of that office in the Church, the Cardinal Prefect came out and said, "The Faith is in danger around the world."
What made Cardinal Ratzinger, in 1984, give this famous interview? He approved the writing of the interview before it was published, every word of it. He also approved every word of his book before it was published. What caused him to do such a thing? Well, besides the fact that the Faith was (obviously enough) in danger around the world, I think it was also because Our Lady of Fatima Herself, in Her Third Secret, said this is what She came to warn us about, from 1960 onwards. Cardinal Ratzinger, himself, in his own words tells us what the burden or subject matter of the Third Secret of Fatima is. "The secret concerns the dangers to the Faith." He says, "I have read it and that is what it is about, the dangers to the Faith."
Our Lady Warns of Danger Today
Our Lady sees us in danger and because She is our good and most holy Immaculate Mother, She cannot remain silent. She first of all warns us of the danger. Thus, we should also be warning our fellow Catholics of the danger, especially since Our Lady, in Her Third Secret has been silenced by the Popes since 1960, and also by the Cardinal Prefects appointed to defend the Faith – all of them – Cardinals Ottaviani, Seper and Ratzinger. So the three popes since 1960 – not counting John Paul I who was Pope for only thirty-three days – and the three prefects of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have all silenced Our Lady by preventing the Third Secret from being published as we all were promised it would be done, at the latest by 1960.
In Cardinal Ratzinger's book, he points out the reasons that the popes offer for not revealing the Third Secret. He is careful to make it clear that these are the reasons the popes have offered but is careful not to endorse these reasons himself. I think he understands instinctively that the motives are indefensible.
In Issue 18 of The Fatima Crusader, we published a very short article by Father Joseph de Sainte-Marie, a Carmelite professor in the Teresianum in Rome.
Shortly after an Italian magazine published Cardinal Ratzinger's comments about the Third Secret, Father Joseph de Sainte-Marie wrote his article about the Third Secret and Cardinal Ratzinger's comments on it. I mention Father Joseph de Sainte-Marie because he was most respectful to the office and to the person of the Holy Father. And yet he found himself obliged to disagree publicly when these lame excuses were being offered for the non-revelation of the Third Secret.3
In his article, Father Joseph de Sainte-Marie points out that Cardinal Ratzinger said that the popes do not want to confuse religious prophecy with sensationalism. But obviously that reason does not hold any water for the simple reason that in the Old Testament the prophets were somewhat sensational. God told Jeremiah to gather a crowd and to put a hole in the wall surrounding Jerusalem, and to tell them that this is what is going to happen to them. God told Jeremiah and other prophets as well, to do things which were rather sensational, to get the attention of the people. Also the messages that He gave were rather shattering. Our Lord Himself said some rather striking things.
It was also stated that sometimes people are looking for the secret because they are curious. God, our Creator, has given us the gift of thirst for knowledge and to seek knowledge is not wrong. It is part of our nature, just like our eyes are meant to see, our ears are meant to hear – our mind is meant to know. However, it is a fault of curiosity when we seek to know things we should not know or it is a fault of not guarding our eyes when we seek to see things we should not see. Curiosity is inordinately seeking to know things we should not know. But it is not being curious, at least there is no fault of curiosity, when you seek to know things that God wants to reveal to us.
We were also told that it is not good to emotionally upset or disturb the people. But if there were a big bear chasing me, I certainly hope you would warn me even if it did frighten me. Even though I do not like to experience the emotion of fear, I would rather live a little longer.
So, yes it will most likely be a little bit disturbing for us to hear the message as Our Lady put it. But it will be salutary. The people will wake up and do something about it.
Console Her, Pass On Her Full Message
That is why She gave the Third Secret. She sees us in danger. And the danger is that the danger is hidden from us. It is an attack on the Faith and it is an attack which is not coming openly. Four hundred and fifty years ago, after the Council of Trent, Catholics would know that their Faith was being attacked by the Protestants. They would know that if they valued their Catholic Faith, they should not believe Luther nor these other so-called "reformers." But the difference is, today, that the shepherds are not warning the sheep of the danger.
Our Lady is sad. We must do our part to console Her by our prayers, sacrifices and apostolic work.
And so the Mother of the shepherds and the Mother of all Her souls has come to warn us of the danger. But She too has been silenced. As I have already mentioned, one of the ways to console Our Lady is to certainly pass on Her Message. I am not asking you to pass on anything that you are not convinced of yourself as being Her true Message. Therefore, I would urge you to read and to know about the Secret from the best documents and research available. I think that you will be convinced also, as I am, that the Third Secret concerns the dangers to the Faith, and it is not only by Frère Michel's deduction that we come to that, but we have the witness of Cardinal Ratzinger telling us the same thing.
The Virtue of True Obedience
However, the second part of the Message, which Cardinal Ratzinger did not tell us about, is that the danger comes from the bad shepherds, be they Cardinals, bishops or priests. Now you hear a lot today about the virtue of obedience. And certainly obedience is a virtue. But if we ask ourselves, "What is obedience? Why do we obey? Why is a child supposed to obey his mother and father? Why is a citizen supposed to obey the traffic policeman? Why am I supposed to obey the bishop or the Pope?" The answer is very simple in all cases. Because God has given them authority. So when I obey man, be it my parent, my pastor, my prime minister, my legislator, or a policeman, I am obeying God.
But just as God does not contradict Himself in doctrine, we cannot have a defined dogma of the Church contradicted fifty years later, or a hundred years later, or a thousand years later by another Council or by another Pope. Because God is all-truthful, we obviously cannot have both the exact opposite propositions being true at the same time and in the same sense. Therefore, since the Church defines what is of the Faith, what God has revealed to the Church, in Scripture and Tradition, and what is to be held of the Faith, these truths cannot be contradicted by a later definition. Neither can God contradict Himself in the commands that He gives to us.
"Obey God Rather than Men"
If I obey my father, or if I obey the prime minister, or if I obey the Pope or the bishop, I must remember that my obedience is given to them because God has given authority to them. But God has not given authority to them to contradict God's own authority. As in the words of St. Peter, the first Pope: "We must obey God rather than men." I always say that in civil society it is easy enough to see that we have a so-called law allowing abortion. Well that law is not a law at all. God has not given authority to the state, or to the Supreme Court, or to anyone else to legalize abortion. That law is not to be obeyed or respected.
There are many other laws, no doubt, that we could talk about, that go beyond the jurisdiction God has given to the human legislators who made those "laws", but we will confine ourselves here to laws in the Church, or rather to the commands in the Church. There are some times that the virtue of obedience commands us to obey God rather than men. And our obedience can command us to disobey and even to resist the commands of popes, bishops, cardinals and priests. That is not my teaching. That is the teaching of the Catholic Church.
St. Bellarmine's Teaching
You will find it in St. Robert Bellarmine's writings, Our Lady chose his feast day, May 13th, for Her first appearance at Fatima. He is not just a saint. He is not just the first prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but he is a Doctor of the Church as well. Now there are about thirty-five doctors of the Church. They have their own specialties. St. Thomas Aquinas is the Common Doctor. But except for St. Thomas, all the other doctors specialize in one aspect or another of Catholic theology. St. Teresa of Avila, for example, specializes, as does St. John of the Cross, in spiritual theology.
But St. Robert Bellarmine specializes in defending the authority of the Pope and the bishops. It was left to St. Robert Bellarmine to explain that there are times to disobey, and even to resist, the immoral or illegal commands of popes or bishops. He gives the example which follows below, as does Suarez, who was considered certainly a great theologian although he has not been canonized. But St. Robert Bellarmine says the same thing.
He says that if a member of the clergy, be they priest, bishop, Cardinal or Pope, were to attack someone physically so as to cause that person to sin with them – and you would know that it is an excommunicable offense to strike a cleric, or it was in those days, and still is, for striking the Pope today – you must resist with physical force. He says that if that is true, and it is, then it is even more true if a Pope, a Cardinal, a bishop, a priest or a deacon, for that matter, were to attack the soul. The attack on the soul, he says, is the attempt to draw you into heresy. And you must resist – even with physical force – such an attack, with whatever resistance is necessary.
St. Robert Bellarmine goes on to point out that we are not here to judge our superiors. No one can judge the Pope. Therefore it is not for us to depose the Pope, or depose a bishop. The bishop is deposed by the Pope. The Pope is deposed by God alone. But resistance, he says, is not just simply not obeying but it is even positive resistance. There have been cases like that in history.
Example of St. Peter & Paul
The most famous case is in Sacred Scripture itself in which St. Paul, writing to the Galatians, describes what took place at Antioch between himself and the first Pope, St. Peter. The example is illustrative because St. Peter, as the first Pope, never taught a heresy, but nevertheless by his actions, was promoting heresy. It is not put in those words, perhaps, to you, but it is quite an accurate description.
Let us recall what happened at that time with St. Peter and St. Paul.
In the first Council of Jerusalem, it was defined solemnly and infallibly, that a Christian, a Catholic, did not need to be following the ceremonial law of Moses, as is summarized in the words, "the law of circumcision." A Catholic did not need to be circumcised in order to be saved, as the Judaizing Party, as they were called, said. The Apostles met in the first Council, around the year 51 A.D. They defined it solemnly and St. Peter confirmed it as the first Pope.
But some time after that, when St. Peter went to Antioch, there were still people of the Judaizing Party who had not accepted the teaching of the first Council. When St. Peter went there, being as he was a man of peace, and not wanting to cause a stir, he said nothing about it. But moreover, St. Peter only ate with the Jews or with those who had been circumcised.
St. Peter never said that you had to be circumcised in order to be saved but what he did by his actions was to give rise to the false impression. You see the office of the Pope is so potent, so powerful, that even what the Pope does, or what he does not do, can give wrong impressions, even against the Faith. In this case, by not eating with the non-circumcised, the Judaizing Party said: "See, he agrees with us. If you want to be saved, you have to be circumcised. That is why he does not associate with you because if he associated with you, the Mosaic law would say that he becomes unclean, because all the uncircumcised are unclean and he would be breaking the law himself. That is why he does not eat with you."
Now St. Peter most likely was not eating with them simply because he did not want to have a confrontation. But that was not good enough. The Faith was endangered by the Pope's act of omission. St. Paul stood up and publicly rebuked St. Peter to his face. And what is the principle here? The Faith was in danger by St. Peter's silence and St. Paul recognized it. St. Paul, however, never said: "Well, you are not a good Pope so I am going to take over. I am going to become the Pope." Nor did he say: "Your seat is now empty. You are not the Pope anymore." Also St. Paul did not just sit there and say: "I know he is wrong but I am not going to do anything about it. I am just going to hold my peace and do nothing."
St. Paul resisted. But it was a measured resistance. He did not depose the Pope. He did not take over, starting to command the Church as if he were the Pope. But he did resist in that area where the Pope needed to be resisted. The Faith was in danger and St. Paul stood up and in public rebuked the Pope for not upholding the Faith clearly. That is the first example.
There are several other examples in Church history. I might mention one from the year 1111. This is a rare occurrence but in the year 1111, Pope Pascal II ordered all the bishops and all the superiors of religious orders, that is all the abbots, to give their resignation. And why did he want them to resign? It is not against the Faith as such that Bishop X or Bishop Y should be asked to step down.
But what was the motive for the Pope giving that order? The motive was that he wanted to live in peace with the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the emperor wanted to appoint new bishops his friends. And from the year 1111 to the year 1116 all the bishops to a man, disobeyed, resisted. And they were right. Why? Because even though it was not a question of the Faith, the Church was in danger. If all the bishops were going to be appointed by the emperor – obviously the emperor would nominate them and the Pope would accede and appoint all the men whom the emperor wanted – the Church would become an instrument of state policy. The Church would lose its supernatural mission, not because God took it away, but because, in fact, the men administering the Church would be administering the Church from the point of view of whatever is advantageous to the temporal ruler's agenda.
And so the bishops resisted. Consequently, in the year 1116, Pope Pascal II cursed the day that he gave the order – and he withdrew it. But it took five years of resistance from the bishops. Unfortunately, for the most part, we do not have bishops like that today. Rather it is more the case of the bishops who resist the Pope when the Pope upholds the Faith.
|It was in this church in Rianjo, Spain, Jesus spoke to Sister Lucy and said, "Make it known to My ministers, given they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command (to consecrate Russia), like him they will follow him into misfortune."|
The Faith Comes First!
What I want to emphasize here is the first rule and that is that the Faith is the foundation of the office of Pope; the Faith is the foundation of the office of bishop; the Faith is the foundation of the office of priest. Without the Faith, we do not have the Church. Without the Faith, we do not have the office of the Pope. Without the Faith, we do not have the office of priest or bishop. If there should be a Pope or a bishop or a priest who attacks the Faith, I understand that it puts a person in a bit of a bind. We must respect the Pope, the bishop, the priest, because of the offices they hold. At the same time, the person holding this office is the very one who is attacking the Faith.
What do we do? Scripture is clear. Do what St. Paul did. Do what the layman did in the year 429 A.D., when the Bishop of Ephesus proclaimed the heresy that Mary is not the Mother of God. The cathedral was full of bishops and priests. A simple layman stood up and said, "That is heresy!" He left the church and half the church followed him. In 431 A.D., the Council of Ephesus was called precisely because that one layman resisted his bishop in a matter of doctrine. Nestorius, the heretic who pronounced this doctrine, was excommunicated at that Council and the layman was vindicated for his resistance.
Scripture Warns Bishops: Protect Your Flocks From False Doctrines, Bad Bishops
The Church has examples. Church history is a great teacher of theology. If you know your theology along with Church history, it is very instructive. Our Lady tells us that the danger today is what St. Paul predicted for our time about 2000 years ago in Sacred Scripture. St. Paul instructs the bishops (Acts 20:28-30), "Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God ... ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." Thus, St. Paul tells us it would come from the clergy and from the bishops.
Priests and bishops should not become so collegial that they forget the admonition of St. Paul. Watch your flock. Some of the clergy will be seeking to draw the Faithful after them by perverse doctrines. St. Paul even includes himself when he says, "But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema." (Gal. 1:8)
Catholic Faith Must be Preserved
The Faith must be preserved. Without the Faith, we do not have the Church. You have to be baptized but you also have to have the Faith. You can be baptized and lose the Faith and you are outside the Church. You are excommunicated by God for losing the Faith. You are no longer a member of the Church once you are a heretic. This is by the very nature of the membership in the Church that Christ, the God-man founded. And so the Faith is the foundation of our salvation.
Let us heed the first words of St. Athanasius in his Athanasian Creed: "He who wishes to be saved must above all hold onto the Catholic Faith, whole and entire." Before good works, before the sacraments, before everything else, he who wishes to be saved must hold onto the Catholic Faith whole and entire. The Faith alone is not enough to save you, but without the Faith you cannot be saved.
Our Lady is warning us, as the Pope tells us She is warning us, of the startling fact: the basis of our salvation is being undermined. What is that basis? It is obviously the Catholic Faith. It is being undermined. Frère Michel, in his book, The Third Secret, demonstrates that it is being undermined by the bishops, not all of them, but a number of them, and also by priests and by cardinals, unfortunately. This is not to be indiscriminately attacking bishops, priests or cardinals. Rather, let us get our priorities straight. Our priority, first of all, is to hold onto the Catholic Faith against all comers. St. Robert Bellarmine would include even the Pope, if such a thing were ever to happen.
You Must Defend the Faith
Your Faith is primordial to your salvation. And you have an obligation by the sacrament of confirmation to defend the Faith to the extent that you can. St. John Vianney rebuked a man once for going to a party. The party had a séance in the middle of it but this man did not participate .When St. John Vianney saw this man, he said, "Go to confession." The man said that he had just gone only a few days ago. "Go to confession," repeated the saint. "What did I do?" asked the man. The Curé d'Ars replied that he was at this party with a séance. But the man said, "Well, I was not expecting it." The Curé nodded, "I know you were not expecting it." The man insisted, "But I did not participate." And the priest answered, "I know that also. But you did not resist and for that you must go to confession."
Our Lady Wants You to Know The Third Secret
To recapitulate, Our Lady wants us to know the Third Secret, at least to get to know as much as we can about it. And then to defend the Faith, our own Faith and that of those around us, from whatever quarter. At the same time we should be careful in today's age. Today is something very much like the time of the Arian heresy. During this time, as Cardinal Newman points out, the light of the magisterium went very dim for awhile, when approximately eighty-five per cent of the bishops were Arians, at very least by their silence if not by their positive adherence to the Arian doctrines. St. Jerome writes about that era of Church history: "The Church went to bed Catholic one night and woke up Arian the next morning."
There were many people who, at the time of the Arian heresy, were confused because the popes were not speaking clearly. There had even been one Pope who had at least been misguided into signing a document which was less than clear. Therefore, the Faithful were not given the guidance they could have been, or should have been, from their pastors.
Still we should not be judgmental towards people who are in error, our fellow Catholics. They are in material heresy4 but at the same time we should be very careful not to be judgmental in this time of the dimming of the light of the magisterium. We should be charitable while, at the same time, uphold the truths of the Catholic Faith. We must try not to be judgmental about those who are less informed than ourselves. There are, however, some arch-heretics in our time who are quite public and who should know the truth, writers and so-called "theologians" such as Matthew Fox, who is now outside of the Church. He is an obvious heretic from his writings and he could not claim ignorance for his stand. He is not the only one by any means. But if we have reason to believe that some of these people who are in error are of good will, in our charity we must withhold judgment about their intentions. Nevertheless the Faith must still be defended as clearly and forcefully as the occasion demands, even though the one in error may be sincere.
Because Her Secret is Not Officially Revealed ...
Our Lady is especially sad because Her Secret has not been revealed and that non-revelation is the cause of the tragedy of the loss of so many souls because they have lost the Faith. She is so sad because, despite Her best efforts to save them, these poor souls are lost eternally. This process of more souls being lost for the same cause is still going on. Thus, if we want to console Her, we should do our part to resist the erosion of the Faith around us. And as St. Bellarmine says, we have the obligation to resist even when it comes to popes, bishops and priests. Not just not to get involved, but to resist. The saints gave us the rules for resistance.
I warn you not to go the way of the Sedevacantists who tell you, "we have just deposed the Pope by our own council." I have heard of a man in the United States who got himself elected as Pope. His mother was in the conclave with him and three other Catholics who, according to their idea, are the only Catholics left in the entire Church. This self-proclaimed Pope calls himself "Pope Michael I." There are presently about five or six anti-popes. I am not recommending that you start your own pontificate. What I am saying is that we must resist, all the same, the erosion of the Faith from whatever quarter.
Make Our Lady's Message Known
This is what Our Lady was warning us about in the Third Secret. And this is what Pope John Paul II is telling us Our Lady is saying: "Can the Mother with all the force of the love that She fosters in the Holy Spirit and with the desire for everyone's salvation, can the Mother remain silent when She sees the very basis of Her children's salvation undermined? No, She cannot remain silent." Neither should you remain silent. A simple way to console Our Lady is to make Acts of Reparation, to make the five First Saturdays, and to offer our prayers and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. To console Our Lady we should also make ourselves informed. Obviously She came down to give us a message. She wants us to find out what this message is: to pay attention to it.
Do Not Despise Fatima
In her interview with Father Fuentes, Sister Lucy points out that to resist the known truth is a sin against the Holy Spirit. When the Fatima apparitions have been certified by such public miracles and by the many prophecies made so long ahead of time, and now many have already been fulfilled, it is a grave mistake with grave consequences to not heed Our Lady's Message. This is explained in my book, World Enslavement or Peace, where I speak of the obligation of the Church to obey Our Lady of Fatima. When I say the Church, I am including the Pope and the bishops. There is an obligation. St. Paul tells us, "Do not extinguish the spirit. Do not despise prophecy." (1 Thess. 5:19-22) The Church has been given a prophetic message. To simply dismiss a message authenticated by the Church and say, "We do not have to pay attention to it; it is a private revelation and we are not bound by it," is to extinguish the spirit and to despise prophecy.
I think that is why, unfortunately, all the problems in the Church today, on a spiritual level at least, are all based on one thing. All come from the one thing. This 20th century generation of the Church, by and large has ignored and despised the prophecy of Our Lady of Fatima. Whether we find ourselves in chaos as regards liturgy, doctrine, morals or catechesis; whether we suffer from bad cardinals, bishops or priests; we all come back down to the one common root, spiritually speaking: the despising of the Message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Promote the Full Fatima Message
It is incumbent upon us therefore, in our own way, to promote the full Message of Our Lady of Fatima. As Frère Michel points out in his aforementioned book, Her message has been publicly despised since 1960. At least we can do our part to the extent we can by not being party to despising Her Message, thus offending Her person. We can at least do our part to make Our Lady's Message known, make it known and lived by ourselves and by those around us.
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